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DLive Launches Crypto Superstar Program for Streaming Partnerships

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As DLive.tv has officially become a part of the BitTorrent X Ecosystem, weve decided to bring in new content categories into the DLive platform to enable more diversity among our global community. With this goal in mind, the company is now introducing Crypto Superstar on DLive to incentivize content creators in the crypto space to join the DLive economy.

What are some of the perks of being a Crypto Superstar on DLive?

  • Dedicated featured spots on DLive website and mobile
  • Fast track to DLive Verified Partnership program
  • Zero cuts from donation done with BTT and TRX
  • Exclusive Crypto Superstar badge next to your name across the platform
  • Direct access to DLive support team
  • The chance to have your streams featured on DLives Official Twitter account and get your channel further promoted as BitTorrent and TRON retweet the stream
  • Exclusive access to collaboration with DLive / BitTorrent / TRON blockchain partners

More benefits will be announced before the end of 2020.

How to join?

In order to sign up as a DLive Crypto Superstar, you must

  • Stream crypto/blockchain related content
  • Have at least 1000 followers/members in your existing platform
  • Share this announcement in your existing platform (through tweet or video)
  • Reach 100 followers on your DLive channel

In order to maintain the status on DLive, you must

  • Stream at least 4 hours a week or upload at least 2 videos per week on your DLive channel
  • Host at least 5 unique other crypto-related channels every 2 months

If you are interested in becoming a Crypto Superstar on DLive and join our global community, please fill out this application form here. If you have any questions, join our discord and talk to a staff member.

We look forward to seeing you shine bright like a star on DLive!

About DLive:

DLive is a decentralized livestreaming community built using the Lino blockchain. DLive utilizes the Lino blockchain to incentivize both content creators and viewers using crypto. DLive believes that all rewards belong to platform participants, and does not take cuts or charge any fees to content creators. Currently, DLive has 20 team members across four continents. To learn more about DLive, please visit https://community.dlive.tv/about/welcome-letter/.

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Infarm Drives Expansion of Urban Farming in Japan

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Infarm's rapid growth in Asia continues with new agreement to offer freshly-harvested produce to Summit supermarkets in the Tokyo metropolitan area

Following partnerships announced with East Japan Railway Company (JR East), food retailer, Kinokuniya and distributor Muroo Co. Ltd, Infarm produce to appear at partner retail locations starting in January 2021.

TOKYO, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming network, announced today a partnership with Summit Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of  Sumitomo Corporation Group to offer fresh produce grown and harvested at the company's Summit Store (supermarket) , one of Tokyo's leading supermarket chains.  With annual revenue (as of March 2020) of USD 3B, Summit Inc. has 120 retail locations across the Tokyo metropolitan area. The first farms will be installed by Infarm at Summit's Gotanno location, in conjunction with the store's rebuilding in December 2020, and produce will be available for purchase at Summit Gotanno store at the end of January 2021.

This announcement marks Infarm's second major partnership in Japan. The company first expanded into the market through partnerships with East Japan Railway Company (JR East), food retailer, Kinokuniya, and national food distributor, Muroo Co. Ltd,  announced in February 2020. Infarm produce will first be available to Kinokuniya consumers on January 19, 2021 at the Aoyama International flagship store and on January 23, 2021 at the Nishi-Ogikubo store located at the JR Nishiogikubo station. Additional Kinokuniya stores are expected to follow through 2021.

“We are very pleased to partner with Infarm. Since last year, we have been communicating with Erez and Mr. Hiraishi, and our business vision and chemistry matched with each other, which led to this partnership. We look forward to serving our customers with Infarm vegetables at our Gotanno store, an important flagship store for Summit,” commented Junpei Yamamoto, Executive Officer of Summit Inc.

 “Japan's busy urban centers present a unique opportunity to improve the way millions of people get access to fresh, sustainable produce.  We're proud to partner with Summit as we continue to grow in this dynamic market. Summit's commitment to offering high-quality food to customers at all price points, while reducing waste and making shopping enjoyable, aligns perfectly with Infarm's vision to make fresh nutritious food available to everyone,” commented Erez Galonska, co-founder and CEO of Infarm.

 According to some estimates, Japan relies on imports for about 60% of its food, contributing to a tremendous amount of cumulative food miles, while annual food waste has been estimated to have reached more than 6.12 million tons[1].  In addition, Japan has one of the highest rates of pesticide use in the world according to estimates offered by the FAO.[2]  By partnering closely with Japanese clients, Infarm hopes to make a positive contribution to retailer efforts to reduce the negative environmental impact of produce with fresh food that is grown as closely as possible to the point of consumption.

 “We continue to experience positive momentum in Japan and believe our approach to farming will be attractive to Tokyo consumers. Our clients can be sure that our harvesters have taken care of each plant as if it were in their very own garden, full of flavour and pesticide-free. We're convinced that Infarm shoppers will taste and notice the difference,” said Ikuo C. Hiraishi, Managing Director, Infarm Japan.

Infarm has developed the world's most advanced, easily scalable and rapidly deployable modular farms that can transform any retail space and fulfil any market demand.  Each in-store farm offers a controlled environment with growing recipes that bring out the natural flavour and properties of each plant.

The individual farms are connected and remotely controlled from a central farming platform that gathers up-to-the-minute information about each plant's growth and learns, adjusts and improves itself continuously, so each plant grows better than the one before.

Infarm staff regularly visit the farms to harvest mature plants, place them at the point of sale, and plant new seedlings for the next cycle. Consumers have access to the plants at their freshest points, still alive with their roots, free of pesticides and full of nutrients and flavour.

“Flavour for me is a primary concern – as I want to offer each of my customers a unique experience that both surprises and delights the palate. Being able to use herbs and lettuces freshly harvested from Infarm gives me a personal garden to be creative and make my dishes sparkle – it's an experience that can really transform your cooking as a chef or for your family at home,” said Tim Raue, Infarm client and Michelin-starred chef of Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin.

Founded in 2013, Infarm is one of the world's largest urban farming platforms harvesting and distributing more than 500,000 plants each month across its network. Infarm currently operates across Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland where it has deployed more than 1,200 farms in stores and distribution centres. Since 2013 the company has raised more than 300 million USD.

About Infarm

Infarm was founded in Berlin in 2013 by Osnat Michaeli and the brothers Erez and Guy Galonska. Passionate to become self-sufficient and eat better, they were growing their own food, enjoying all the flavour and nutrients, without the chemical pesticides and transport kilometres. With the aim to share the goodness of own-grown produce with everyone, they developed a smart modular farming system, that allows distribution of farms throughout the urban environment, growing fresh produce in any available space and fulfilling any market demand. Today, with cutting edge R&D, patented technologies, and a leading multi-disciplinary team, Infarm is growing a worldwide farming network helping cities become self-sufficient in their food production while significantly improving the safety, quality, and environmental footprint of our food.

With a multinational team of 700 people globally, Infarm has partnered with more than 30 major food retailers including Albert Heijn, Aldi Süd, Amazon Fresh, Auchan, Casino, E.Leclerc, Edeka, Empire Company Ltd (Safeway, Sobeys, ThriftyFoods), Farmdrop, Intermarché, Irma, Kaufland, Kinokuniya, Kroger, Marks & Spencer, Metro, Migros, Selfridges, Selgros, Summit and Whole Foods Market in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland,  deployed more than 1200 farms in stores and distribution centres, saved more than 40,000,000 litres of water and 50,000 square meters of land, while harvesting 500,000+ plants monthly and growing.

About Summit

Summit Inc. was established in 1963 in Tokyo, 100% owned by Sumitomo Corporation. Summit has spread across the Tokyo metropolitan area with 120 supermarkets. The annual revenue as of March 2020 is USD 3B.

[1] https://www.gov-online.go.jp/eng/publicity/book/hlj/html/202005/202005_09_en.html

[2] http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/EP/visualize

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Ping An Research: ESG Investing Showing Dramatic Growth in China in 2020, Outperforming Market Average

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HONG KONG and SHANGHAI, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing is enjoying a boom in China, according to the latest report from the Ping An Digital Research Center (PADERC), part of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEX: 02318; SSE: 601318). ESG-themed funds are growing in number and issuance size and outperforming the China market average.

The report, ESG Investing in China, says capital flow into ESG-themed exchange-trade fund (ETF) investment in China increased 464% between 2018 and 2019. China has benefitted from a global trend of inflows into ESG-themed ETFs, which hit a record high in 2019 of US$20.5 billion, four times the volume of 2018 of US$4.9 billion.

The report also found that ESG funds are outperforming the China market average. For ESG equity funds, since 2020, the annualized return for pure ESG funds was 47.07%, environmental-based funds 70.02%, pan-ESG concept funds 56.4% and corporate governance funds 47.91%. The annualized return rate of all ESG equity funds has exceeded the average of 42.22% for the overall equity fund market.

The opening of China's capital market is attracting more and more international capital seeking ESG investments, which is raising awareness and increasing interest in ESG investment principles in China.

“With the rapid growth in ESG-linked investments, we are seeing an increase in the quantity and quality of ESG disclosures from Chinese companies. Domestically, there is also an increasing level of stringent regulatory requirements for ESG disclosures and broader guidance on governmental initiatives aiming to build a 'green financial system',” said Chenxi Yu, Deputy Director of PADERC.

Our research on Chinese ESG investment market reveals the following trends:

  • Greater attention on ESG within Chinese capital markets: The number of ESG thematic reports increased from one in 2017 to 53 this year. With the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology, Ping An analyzed 103 ESG thematic research reports issued from 2017 onwards and identified that the content has shifted from conceptual descriptions to specific investment products and analyses of their performance.
  • “Pure ESG” indices in China doubled in 2020: Out of the 19 “pure ESG” indices in China's market, four were released before 2019, six in 2019 and nine in 2020. The indices employ an index strategy in which a company's ESG score is explicitly used as a screening criterion. As more of these indices are released, they offer increasing diversity in investment strategies.
  • Size of ESG funds in China has grown significantly since 2019: The total issuance size of ESG-themed funds increased by 36% compared with the end of 2019, doubling from the rate in the previous year.

The report provided insights and suggestions for the future development of ESG investment in China, including:

  • Improve data and rating coverage within the domestic stock markets to support the development and enrichment of ESG-themed investment products.
  • Use alternative data and technology, such as NLP, to help investors distinguish between truly ESG-compliant companies from “greenwashing” ones, whose disclosures do not reflect their actual performance.
  • Establish ESG ratings and data for bonds and their issuers to accelerate the integration of ESG in fixed income investment.
  • Develop more diversified ESG products, such as passive funds, quantitative funds and investment products for the primary market, to provide more options for investors.
  • Innovate and develop financial products focused on climate risk mitigation and the transition to a low-carbon economy, as China increases its emphasis on climate change transition measures.

Download the full report: Press here

About Ping An Group

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (“Ping An“) is a world-leading technology-powered retail financial services group. With over 214 million retail customers and nearly 579 million Internet users, Ping An is one of the largest financial services companies in the world.

Ping An has two over-arching strategies, “pan financial assets” and “pan health care”, which focus on the provision of financial and health care services through our integrated financial services platform and ecosystems. Our “finance + technology” and “finance + ecosystem” strategies aim to provide customers and internet users with innovative and simple products and services using technology. As China's first joint stock insurance company, Ping An is committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate reporting and corporate governance. The Group is listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In 2020, Ping An ranked 7th in the Forbes Global 2000 list and ranked 21st in the Fortune Global 500 list. Ping An also ranked 38th in the 2020 WPP Kantar Millward Brown BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list. For more information, please visit group.pingan.com.

About Ping An Digital Economic Research Center

Ping An Digital Economic Research Center utilizes more than 50 TB high frequency data points, more than 30 years of historical data and more than 1.5 billion data points to drive research on the “AI + Macro Forecast” and provide insights and methods towards precise macroeconomic trends.

 

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SOURCE Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.

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Brightpearl selected to power Shopify's lineup of retail hardware

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BRISTOL, England and AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brightpearl is today announcing it will power the growth of Shopify's collection of retail hardware.

Shopify, a leading global commerce company who provides trusted tools that help merchants of any size start, grow, market, and manage a retail business, recently launched its new point-of-sale hardware collection which includes a redesigned Tap & Chip Reader, as well as the Dock and Retail Stand, to offer a more comprehensive solution for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Shopify is now employing Brightpearl's retailer-first digital operations platform to automate and support the fulfillment and distribution of new hardware to merchants who are starting or expanding to brick-and-mortar retail. This partnership will enable businesses to seamlessly buy Shopify's point-of-sale hardware products online.

Brightpearl provides digital operations solutions for the world's biggest retail brands including financial management, inventory and sales order management, fulfillment, warehouse and logistics. The company has seen the number of online firms using its platform grow by 80% since spring 2020, with Shopify Hardware being the latest addition.

With the platform deployed in less than 60 days – rapid by ERP metrics – Shopify will benefit from a truly unified platform that can automate the flow of information about customers, order management, financials and inventory. This will allow the ecommerce platform to improve accuracy and efficiency and make quicker business decisions.

Brightpearl's digital operations platform will enable Shopify to easily keep up with the growing demand for multichannel selling across its online hardware stores. Crucially, Brightpearl's system allows Shopify to employ a high degree of automation for fulfilment which will better position the brand to serve a quicker, and more efficient online shopping experience to its customers.

Commenting on the deal, Stuart Pick, VP of Global Alliances for Brightpearl, said: “We're thrilled to have been chosen by Shopify to power their own stores, and to work with a team which shares our passion for streamlining ecommerce.

“The combination of Shopify and Brightpearl is one that an increasing number of merchants across the world are using to power their business, streamline operations and deliver smoother shopping experiences. For Shopify to select Brightpearl to support its own Plus website store is a huge indication of the trust they have in our platform.”

Find out more information about Brightpearl's complete operations platform for brands, retailers and wholesalers here.

Learn more about the new Shopify's point-of-sale hardware here.

About Brightpearl

Brightpearl is a retail operations platform for retailers and wholesalers. Brightpearl's complete back-office solution includes financial management, inventory and sales order management, purchasing and supplier management, CRM, fulfillment, warehouse and logistics. In addition, the solution has high-performing connectors to the major ecommerce platforms, including Magento, BigCommerce and Shopify. Over 1,200 businesses in 26 countries use our platform. We manage over 10m transactions and $3bn of business a year.

Brightpearl is designed for retailers and wholesalers to manage the heart of their business easily from one single system. Brightpearl's US headquarters is in Austin with a global headquarters in Bristol, UK. Connect with us on Twitter (@BrightpearlHQ), LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/Brightpearl), and Facebook (facebook.com/brightpearl).

Media Contacts:
Mark Hook
Brightpearl
[email protected] 
+44 (0)7915 699 713

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